The power of bricks and mortar in a disruptive world

Eileen Halpin-Tarrant of Oberfeld Snowcap Realty talks about the bright future that innovative retailers are bringing to the marketplace

The power of bricks and mortar in a disruptive worldEileen Halpin-Tarrant is president of client services, broker of record (Ontario), and managing broker (British Columbia) with Oberfeld Snowcap Realty, Brokerage. What is Oberfeld Snowcap and what does it do? Halpin-Tarrant: Oberfeld Snowcap is a national real estate advisory firm focusing primarily on retail real estate and tenant representation across Canada. Our core asset and…

Canadian business leaders recognizing need to invest in staff

HSBC survey also says 79% of Canadian businesses expect to grow in the next two years

Canadian business leaders recognizing need to invest in staffA new Canadian survey says the majority of businesses expect to grow in the next two years while increasingly adopting new technologies, and at the same time they’ll be investing in their people. The Navigator: Made for the Future is a survey by HSBC of over 2,500 companies in 14 countries and territories, including Canada.…

WestJet sale to Onex approved by federal minister

Deal still subject to conditions, including other regulatory approvals and approval by the security holders on July 23

WestJet sale to Onex approved by federal ministerCalgary-based WestJet Airlines Ltd. says Onex Corp. has received approval from the federal minister of Transport to acquire WestJet provided the acquisition doesn’t raise public issues related to national transportation. It was announced in May that WestJet was being sold to Onex in a deal that is worth about $5 billion, including assumed debt. The…

Technology jobs in high demand: Robert Half survey

But many leaders say it's a challenge to find skilled professionals and most will make project-based hires

Technology jobs in high demand: Robert Half surveyTechnology jobs are in high demand in Canada but companies are finding it hard to fill those positions. A survey by employment agency Robert Half found that 59 per cent of hiring managers plan to expand their information technology teams; 82 per cent say it's challenging to find skilled professionals; and 94 per cent of…

Planting the seeds for broader understanding of food’s origins

In the retail food business, customers have plenty of questions about how their food is produced. The answers often surprise them

Planting the seeds for broader understanding of food’s originsBy Jackie Fraser Small business owner “Are there any BMOs in this?” my dear customer asks. It takes me a moment to realize she's not asking about the bank. Sigh. Where do I start with this one? My husband and I own a fresh food retail store and catering company in Fergus, Ont. He’s the chef…

Dickinson’s venture firm to back five innovative companies

Company is investing $750,000 in companies in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario.

Dickinson’s venture firm to back five innovative companiesCalgary-based District Ventures Capital, which is led by entrepreneur Arlene Dickinson, announced Friday it is investing $750,000 in five innovative companies in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario.  The companies, in the consumer goods food and health space, were selected from 100 applicants from across Canada. It said the companies were chosen based on their product, sales…

Veteran East Coast writer joins team of Troy Media columnists

Alec Bruce will offer insights on East Coast issues in a weekly column that will be distributed across Canada through Troy Media’s network

Veteran East Coast writer joins team of Troy Media columnistsAlec Bruce is an award-winning East Coast journalist whose writing has appeared in major publications across the country and beyond. Today, he joins Troy Media’s stable of columnists. Bruce, who lives in Halifax, will offer insights into the business, politics and social issues of East Coasters in a weekly column that will be distributed across…

Inappropriate employee expense claims on the rise in Canada

Some of the more egregious infractions included cat food, a helicopter ride, a lawn mower – and a live octopus: Robert Half report

Inappropriate employee expense claims on the rise in CanadaCompanies see many unusual expense requests from their employees but according to a recent survey, the majority of executives say requests that push the envelope have increased in recent years. The Robert Half Management Resources survey, which was released on Thursday, found that 58 per cent of chief financial officers in Canada reported an increase…

Canadian cannabis sales forecast to soar in next few years

Global sales of cannabis grew by 20% in 2018 and are expected to grow by 36% this year: report

Canadian cannabis sales forecast to soar in next few yearsAn international report says spending on adult-use cannabis in Canada is forecast to grow from $113 million in the partial year of 2018 to almost $4.8 billion by 2024. Cannabis became legalized nationwide on Oct. 17, 2018. The seventh edition in the series State of Legal Cannabis Markets reports was released Thursday by Arcview Market…

Why brand awareness is a key part of complex marketing

Lisa Shepherd of The Mezzanine Group talks about the shifting awareness of the need for broader marketing tactics

Why brand awareness is a key part of complex marketingLisa Shepherd is founder of The Mezzanine Group. How are mid-market companies changing their view on the role of marketing and its impact on business? Shepherd: Companies are changing their views on exclusively focusing on lead generation as the sole outcome for all marketing activities. Historically, companies primarily saw the marketing function as distributing promotional…

Canadians not financially prepared to support aging parents

Survey also says less than one-in-three Canadians are familiar with helpful tax credits, grants and other financial tools

Canadians not financially prepared to support aging parentsA new survey indicates Canadians are not financially prepared to support their aging parents. The survey, commissioned by FP Canada and Chartwell Retirement Residences, found that many Canadians expect that providing financial support to their elderly parents will have a major impact on their personal finances. It also found than less than one-in-three Canadians say…

ZayZoon provides access to your money between paydays

Technology company ZayZoon's Early Wages On-Demand is taking off across North America, with more than 80,000 businesses participating

ZayZoon provides access to your money between paydaysImagine, as an employee, being able to access money as you earn it. Technology company ZayZoon, based in Calgary, has created a platform, Early Wages On-Demand, that allows people to access their paycheque before payday. The concept has taken off across North America. The platform is now available to more than two million employees by…

Inside ‘a tap on the back’ that ruined a 40-year policing career

B.C.’s Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner is a watchdog that barks public interest but whose bite is about self-interest

Inside ‘a tap on the back’ that ruined a 40-year policing careerThe Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner (OPCC) was created to provide independent civilian oversight over municipal police forces in British Columbia. But a string of recent cases shows the OPCC is more about overreach than oversight. I know. I was one of the cases. This summer, after 40 years of unblemished service with the…
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